Talk about an embarrassing introduction. On her first day of law school, Kailyn ran - quite literally - into the actor she crushed on as a teenager, ending with him sprawled on top of her. Mortified to discover the Daxton Hughes was also a student in her class, her embarrassment over their meet-cute quickly turned into a friendship she never expected. Of course, she never saw his betrayal coming either...
Now, eight years later, Dax is in her office asking for legal advice. Despite her anger, Kailyn can't help feeling sorry for the devastated man who just became sole guardian to his thirteen-year-old sister. But when her boss gets wind of Kailyn's new celebrity client, there's even more at stake than Dax's custody issues: if she gets Dax to work at their firm, she'll be promoted to partner.
The more time Kailyn spends with Dax and his sister, the more she starts to feel like a family, and the more she realizes the chemistry they had all those years ago is as fresh as ever. But will they be able to forgive the mistakes of the past, or will one betrayal lead to another?
When you read a novel by Helena Hunting, or at least when I do, there is a certain expectation that it is going to be quirky, and fun, and there will be a couple of moments that make you cringe in agony and sympathy for at least one of the characters.
Kailyn and Daxton's story had all of the above, but it also had heart. You really believe in the characters, and in the story. And, you believe in the fact that they want to be the best for each of them and for Emme, his sister. There was something about this book that felt different from the other titles I have read by Helena, and I am not actually sure why...I think, though, that with a lot of her titles, it feels like the humor is as much a focus as the romance, but in this one, it felt like the romance was front and center.
The pacing of this was also strong, and really consistent. I thought the focus of the scenes moved logically, and they moved in a way that I believed. The stresses in the relationship, both internal and external, worked and there were no parts of the story with the main characters that felt contrived.
There was a secondary character that I thought the resolution of was a little off. Not enough to ruin the story, but I felt that it was a little tossed in, and that the character and the resolution of the story could have been handled without the addition of the "drama" and that the character would have potentially acted as she did without the additional motivation.
That said, I really enjoyed this title and I recommend it.